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Hi I'm Jerry

I'm a Mormon. I have been a Mormon for over 50 years. This has made Jesus Christ the center of my life.

About Me

I am a father/step-father of 10 children. So now there are over 20 grandchildren and soon great grandchildren. I graduated college with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and after 7 years in the engineering field graduated from law school and was admitted to the bar as an attorney. My hobbies are model trains (N gauge and HO gauge) and RC airplanes - gas, electric and gliders. I also do substantial wood working, i.e. build boats, furniture, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

It is not always easy to point to a beginning, for a multitude of factors lead one in the way. For some reason the Lord wanted me to serve Him and so He sent Pam. Let me back up to 1942. During my stay on my grandmother’s ranch, I went to the country church where the preacher did an effective job of making God a terrible thing to a young boy, especially if you sinned in the least amount. I was frightened of such a God so did not have much to do with religion, though I did later attend an Episcopal church, the Methodist church and the Catholic church at various times with friends. In the fall of 1956, about two years before I was baptized, one of my fraternity brothers asked me to go ice skating with him. Soon Pam and I bumped into each other-literally. I was not a very capable skater. We met several times at the rink. Then we had our first date and this led to the double date at the Santa Claus Lane Parade and to the Gospel After the parade we went to the Sharon’s home. During the evening Sharon’s father took me into his study and talked with me about the Church, not in an argumentative way, but as an explanation. Of all the things he talked about I only remember that he explained the Church’s belief on Celestial Marriage. The message entwined itself on my soul. A few weeks later, Sharon’s father gave me with the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was put on the shelf as I continued my studies in engineering. That Book of Mormon sat on the shelf until something in me said that I must read it. By the time I had finished the book the Spirit told me that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. That was the beginning of a real change in my life. I now knew that God was a loving God who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins.

How I live my faith

Some people think that to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints restricts ones life. I have found that, as a member of the Church, my life has expanded, I have more freedom. I don’t miss coffee, tea, alcohol or tobacco. Having tried all before I was baptized, the absence of these substances has given me more freedom. I have served in many capacities in the Church. I have taught children, youth and adults classes. I have been a scoutmaster. Nothing can be more fulfilling than attending scout summer camp with the young men and helping them to find purpose and joy in their lives through the scouting program, sponsored by the Church for all young men. I have had the opportunity to learn leadership as the Lord has called me, through Church authorities, to various leadership positions. This has given me the chance to help those in need to “lift up the hands that hang down.” Most of all the Church is filled with great people. Whether I attend Church at my “home ward” or attend in another ward thousands of miles away, the people are there to greet me so that I am not a stranger there.